Newsletter – 9th November 2018

If you see some very weary looking children and teachers today that’s because The Big Sleep In took place in school last night. 17 brave volunteers (along with the staff members) represented their classes in building their beds from the materials they had to hand in an effort to gather a better understanding of how hard life on the streets can be for those less fortunate than ourselves and also to raise funds to help that situation improve. Already lots of much needed funds have been raised for HARP and you can donate here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chalkwell-hall-junior- school?fbclid=IwAR3rkDEAFMod7UQJJWMiUPwcCXsBPJtHSizVjjTF3wyAYWXRRp3ufDwvTa8 if you would like to. Well done to all involved – I hope you make it through today!

 

Year 5 have been enjoying WHSB’s Science Roadshow again this week and Year 3 have been out and about at the library.

Some big news this week is the big (in all senses) cheque that we received from our brilliant PTA. Both schools have received £17,000 each as a result of all the hard fundraising work that our PTA, staff and children have done supported by our fantastic families and community.  A good chunk of that money has gone towards purchasing a new minibus and the rest will be spent on upgrading our science equipment and computing equipment so the children can have the best opportunities that we would otherwise struggle to provide given the budget cuts that we have faced over the last few years. Our enormous thanks to our PTA for their endeavours in helping us to achieve this great level of fundraising for our children!

 

 Sports news

Our Year 5&6 boys are out representing school at a football tournament in Canvey Island today and I received a lovely report from one of our Governors, Mr Neife, who recently attended a cross country team event at Thorpe Hall School. He told me, “As a parent I was proud of my son’s success and as a governor I was equally proud of how the school performed collectively. Each year group’s performance was astonishing and from a sporting point of view one could see potential stars for the future. Their behaviour as a group is worthy to note. All were well behaved and listened to instructions from the teachers at the venue. It’s worth thanking the parents who made it there, they shared a strong team spirit supporting all categories in the event and for the pupils a very big well done including the staff.” Great to hear – well done all!

 

PTA news

A huge thank you to everyone who came to the Quiz Night, we were overwhelmed by your support and only just managed to squeeze all 17 teams into the dining hall!! Congratulations to the winning team ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’ and to all the raffle prize winners. Together we raised a fabulous £1100!!!

 

Thank you to everyone who visited the Leigh Road Co-op on Halloween for their Bake Sale. Your kind support raised £113 for our schools!

 

If you would like to ensure your reservation for ice skating at the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 24th November, please return your form and correct payment urgently. Any payments received without a form cannot be reserved so please ensure both are returned. Slots are selling out fast so don’t delay!

 

We are looking for volunteers to help run a stall at the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 24th November, so if you have any time to spare please email ptachalkwellhall@gmail.com.

 

Adventure Wonderland tickets are now available for collection so please send correct payment into school ASAP to guarantee yours. There is no need to pre-book a date and there are no restrictions.

 

We are pleased to announce that we have secured discounted tickets to School of Rock on Thursday 1st August 2019 at 2.30pm. Seats are in the central block of the Stalls rows R, S & T. Tickets will cost a fabulous discounted price of £40 for adults and £35 for children. To secure your tickets, please email ptachstheatre@gmail.com advising the number of adult and child seats required. Please note payment must be made by Friday 30th November.

 

Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 97%.  This week there were only 16 instances of children arriving late to school which is great, thank you!

 

Dates for your diary 2018-2019
5OS class assembly Thursday 15th November 2018 at 2:30pm
Flu Immunisation Day Thursday 15th November 2018
3AH class assembly Thursday 22nd November 2018 at 2:30pm
3GB class assembly Thursday 29th November 2018 at 2:30pm
4SR class assembly Thursday 6th December 2018 at 2:30pm
3GT class assembly Thursday 13th December 2018 at 2:30pm
Christmas Carol Concert Monday 17th December 2018
Christmas Dinner Tuesday 18th December 2018
Non pupil day Thursday 20th December 2018

 

Thank you for your continued support.